Earth Day Beer & Movie Night – free admission – 6:00 PM

Join your local watershed council for an informative and fun Earth Day evening! We will start out with a feature presentation, “Astounding Forests of the Coast Range,” given by Katy Kavanagh, from OSU’s College of Forestry. Then get ready for a really neat documentary on beavers, restoration, and climate resilience. Our friends from South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve will be co-hosting, and 7 Devils Brewing Co will be pouring beer. Admission is free (but beer is not!). This event is made possible by a donation from One Tree Planted and Bonneville Environmental Foundation.

Coast Range forests are extraordinary for their productivity and conifer dominance. In her talk, she will discuss why these forests are unrivaled and answer several questions researchers have pondered while studying these forests. Why are there so few tree species? Where are the deciduous trees? Why are the trees so tall? Also, since we face an uncertain future, she will present some of the past, present, and looming challenges faced by these astounding forests–and findings from her research on tree water usage and climate change impacts.

Katy Kavanagh’s life in forestry is best characterized by the forests she has encountered. As a young child, forests were her playground, leading to her enduring fascination with trees. That fascination resulted in a 4-decade career in forest science while traversing the USA from her birthplace in the deciduous forests of Connecticut, to the coniferous forests of Oregon and Idaho and the savannas of Texas. She is now the Associate Dean of Research in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University.

The Beaver Believers is a feature documentary that tells the urgent yet whimsical story of an unlikely cadre of activists – a biologist, a hydrologist, a botanist, an ecologist, a psychologist, and a hairdresser – who share a common vision: restoring the North American Beaver, the most industrious, ingenious, bucktoothed little engineer, to the watersheds of the American West. The Beaver Believers encourage us to embrace a new paradigm for managing our western lands, one that seeks to partner with the natural world rather than overpower it. As a keystone species, beaver enrich their ecosystems, creating the biodiversity, complexity, and resiliency our watersheds need to absorb the impacts of climate change. Beavers can show us the way and do much of the work for us, if only we can find the humility to trust the restorative power of nature and our own ability to play a positive role within it. Shot in 8 western states, Mexico, and Canada, through desert drought, raging wild fires, forceful floods, and wetland tranquility, this film will change the way you think about climate change and inspire you to take a bite out of the challenges we face, one stick at a time. Watch the trailer at